Failing Women, Withholding Protection: 15 lost years in making the female condom accessible

Policy makers lament women’s vulnerability to HIV infection, yet for 15 years they have failed to utilise a technology that can help women to protect and empower themselves. The female condom is the only female-initiated method which provides protection from HIV infection; it also prevents unwanted pregnancy. Yet most women have no access to these condoms, and new female initiated technologies such as microbicides will not be available for many years.. The push for universal access to female condoms must begin now.

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